STRIDE and partner universities launch career centers in CDI cities

PUERTO PRINCESA, September 1, 2016 — After a series of consultations and workshops with career center experts from STRIDE partners William Davidson Institute of the University of and Florida State University (FSU), partner universities in Mindanao and Palawan launched their career center services. Career centers help students in their career interests by providing resources such as links to industry partners for internship, job placement, career advising, and other opportunities.

A visit to the career center will help in assessing and developing the students’ skills to fit industry needs, enabling them to excel in their chosen field. On August 25, the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Cagayan de Oro, also known as University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, launched its career center.

Dr. Jeffrey Garis of FSU shared his thoughts during an interview with local media:  “A career center basically supports student-career guidance to help them develop and sharpen their career plans and helps them to gain professionally relevant career experience through OJT and internships, and finally helps them to get jobs.”

Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, President of MUST concurred: “We’re looking forward to helping our students define their career, provide counseling, and provide guidance to them with regards to their skills, competencies the employees are needing.” The following week on August 30, Western Philippines University launched its career center with more than 100 attendees led by University President Dr. Elsa P. Manarpaac.

Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa was joined by 50 guests during the launching of its career center.  University OIC Dr. Lorma C. Gelito and Office of Student Affairs Services Director Dr. Grace Abrina led the ceremonies.

To date, there are six career centers in the country launched through the USAID STRIDE Program.

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